August 2008

Final Preparations

August 29, 2008

I’ve spent most of the past two weeks at my new school. I’ve cleaned and organized my classroom. I’ve hung up banners, posters, and decorated my bulletin boards. I’ve extensively planned the first day of school. I’ve [Keep Reading]

This Time of Year I Miss TV Guide

August 28, 2008

I remember the first time I went to a grocery store and couldn’t find a TV Guide to look at while I waited in line. I scanned the other aisles thinking that perhaps they were just sold out in this aisle. But I didn’t see any. TV Guide became a [Keep Reading]

What’s The Priority?

August 27, 2008

“We are experiencing higher than normal call volumes. Please stay on the line and your call will be answered in priority sequence.” I’ve heard this automated response dozens of times from different companies. The first time I heard it was when [Keep Reading]

You Can’t Throw That Out

August 26, 2008

“Garbage day! Can we go see Mom?” Remember when you used to do that? I’m sure every young boy thinks that garbage day is an event. But like all events, things aren’t the same as they used to be. I remember watching the garbage truck pull up [Keep Reading]

My Teaching Mission Statement

August 25, 2008

“To help every student develop to his or her full potential. To develop intellectual potential and provide opportunities for social, ethical, emotional, physical, and aesthetic development of every child in my class, and by extension, the [Keep Reading]

Inconsiderate of Those Who Come Behind

August 22, 2008

Yesterday I wrote about my experience in Scouts. Today, I can’t think of a better way to start this post then one of the lesser-known mottos of the organization; “Leave it cleaner than you found it.” That’s what I did. When the school year [Keep Reading]

Vespers

August 21, 2008

“Softly falls the light of dayas my campfire fades away.Silently each cub should ask,Have I done my daily task?have I kept my cub laws true?taught to me by old Baloo Always try to do my best,God grant me a quiet rest.” We sang this song at the [Keep Reading]

Amazing Beauty and Grace

August 20, 2008

It was something else to watch Usain Bolt sprint his way into the record books this morning. Commentators didn’t expect him to do it. They thought after running seven races during these summer games that he would be too spent. It wasn’t a [Keep Reading]

Dragons Can Be Defeated

August 19, 2008

“The important thing about any story where you fight a dragon is not that you’re telling people that dragons are real. But that you’re telling people that dragons can be defeated. And that is a huge, true thing. And something that should never [Keep Reading]

What Does It Mean to Be a Child?

August 18, 2008

A long time ago, children were thought of as mini-adults. Childhood was not a concept that was understood. So when did children become children and what exactly does it mean to be a child? It happened in the middle ages. It became necessary for [Keep Reading]
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